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Posted: Friday, November 20, 2009

NASCOLA members contribute to “Test of the Month” feature in the American Journal of Hematology

 

NASCOLA members, Kristi Smock and George Rodgers, have published a “Test of the Month” feature in the American Journal of Hematology on lupus anticoagulant testing.  The abstract is below, along with a link to the full article for NASCOLA members who are subscribers to the Wiley InterScience publications site:

 

Laboratory identification of lupus anticoagulants.

 

Lupus anticoagulants (LA) are acquired autoantibodies that can cause antiphospholipid syndrome. LAs prolong phospholipid-dependent coagulation tests, acting as nonspecific inhibitors that are neutralized in the presence of excess phospholipid. However, there is no gold standard test and the testing is influenced by a number of variables. This article summarizes laboratory testing for LAs, with particular focus on technical issues and limitations of testing.

 

Am J Hematol. 2009 Jul;84(7):440-2.


The link to the full text for subscribers